Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Kindle edition

At first when I heard about this book on Oprah's book club I thought, "Meh."  But then I ordered the sample (LOVE THIS FEATURE) on my kindle and found myself immediately drawn in.

Cheryl's journey both physical and emotional is a powerful and relatable one.  The death of her mother catapulted her into a reckless lifestyle that had she not found the Pacific Crest Trail, she may have ended up in jail, or dead.

Strayed is an incredibly talented writer who is able to paint vivid pictures with her words.  Her pain is palpable, and the day-to-day details of her trek is fascinating!  I would have never ever in a million years thought of taking a trip like hers, but I found myself going, "Yeah, yeah, YEAH!"  in agreement and googling and bookmarking every website and book on the PCT and long distance hiking, despite me having bad shoulders and various other "old lady" ailments that would make a trip like that problematic.

This book was hard to put down, and I was sad to see it end, and it left me wanting to read other books of similar tales.

I highly recommend this book to anyone!

RATING:  4/5

2 Blabs:

Shirley said...

Wonderful!!!! I have been wanting to read Wild for some time now and your lovely review has definitely reinforced that! Thank you!

PS My husband and some friends hiked the West Coast Trail (near this trail or part of it?) some years ago and he loved it! Only bad thing was he left his camera on top of a large boulder and an enormous wave came in and took it out to sea! So many lovely photos of the area preceded this demise and were safe on film so I got to enjoy the scenery secondhand. It truly would be a lovely trek, if I were up to the challenge!

Lisa said...

Thank you so much for your comment, Shirley!! What a bummer leaving his camera! Come back and let me know what you think of it when you've read it!

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